Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. The largest city is Santa Cruz. The county borders San Mateo County to the northwest, Santa Clara County to the north, San Benito County to the southeast, Monterey County to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Santa Cruz County comprises the Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. The county is located on the California Central Coast, south of the San Francisco Bay Area region. The county forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay, with Monterey County forming the southern coast.